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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 29

Two plays dive into the lives, trials and tribulations of royals.

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'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.
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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.
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Meeting Country Music's Superstars: Behind Each Portrait, A Story

Nashville-based photographer Raeanne Rubenstein recalls working with charismatic stars like Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis, on the other hand, dodged her (and his audience) by leaping out a window.
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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.
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For Banned Books Week, Flashband Cranks The Volume On Silenced Music

D.C. Public Library has teamed up with temporary music project Flashband to recognize censored or banned music.
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Not My Job: 'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Gets Quizzed On Dieting, Blasphemy, Hate

We ask Elizabeth Gilbert about the opposites of eating, praying and loving. Her latest novel is called The Signature of All Things.
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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
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'Art & Craft' Explores How One Forger Duped More Than 45 Museums

For nearly 30 years, Mark Landis tricked dozens of museums into accepting his "philanthropic" donations. Landis, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen, says "copying is reassuring."
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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.

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